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Johnny Morris, middle, participates in a Helping a Hero ceremony at Bass Pro's flagship store.
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Johnny Morris, middle, participates in a Helping a Hero ceremony at Bass Pro's flagship store.

Johnny Morris funds homes for veterans

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Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris stepped up his commitment to the Helping a Hero initiative that places wounded veterans in specially adapted residences.

Morris today pledged to cover 25% of funding for the next 100 donated homes, according to a news release. During a ceremony held in front of Bass Pro's flagship store in Springfield, Morris joined with Helping a Hero representatives to award a home to amputee Joe Bartel, a Marine sergeant from Charlotte, North Carolina, and pay the mortgage for Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Barnes, who lives in the Missouri city of Waynesville.

Morris originally pledged to support 10 homes in a May announcement.

"Helping a Hero is an awesome organization,” Morris said in the release. “We’re coming up on our 50th anniversary at Bass Pro Shops, and it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for those who have defended our freedoms and those who support conservation."

The value of Morris' pledges was not disclosed, and a spokesperson could not be reached for comment by deadline. Fox News reports the amount is $2 million.

Helping a Hero has awarded more than 100 homes to wounded veterans in 23 states, according to the release.

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